Francis, Casper S.- the Francis family, of Swedish descent, was early found in Montgomery County, where lived Thomas Francis.  His son Joseph married Susannah Snyder, whose grandfather was an emigrant from Germany.  They had 6 sons and a daughter, of whom Casper S. was the second son and child.  HE was born in E. Pikeland twp, Aug 31, 1811.  He worked on the farm until his 18th year, and was engaged at millwright and carpenter work until 1836, when (Sept. 29th) he was married to Martha Finkbiner.  IN the spring of 1837 he moved to the mill formerly belonging to Frederick Yost, which he purchased, with 50 acres of land, to which he afterwards added 25.  Here he remained, farming until 1860, when he removed to Spring City (then Springville), to engage in the manufacture of stoves, under the firm name of Smith, Francis and Wells.  HE was a director of the Phoenixville Natl Bank for nearly 10 years.  In 1866 he again embarked in the stove-foundry business at Royer's Ford, under the firm-name of Francis, Buckwalter and Co.  In 1869 he was elected chief burgess, and was instrumental, in 1872, in procuring the charter for a natl. bank at Spring City, which soon organized with him as its president, which position he has ever since held.  He was the means of having the name of the post-office and borough of Springville changed to Spring City.  He has served repeatedly as school director, borough treasurer; a director in the Royer's Ford Bridge Association, and is a member, with his family, of the Reform Church.  He is a good business man, safe and careful in his management, and is highly esteemed in the community as a public spirited citizen of integrity and honor.